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Jan
07

Managing Remote-Working Employees

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The world is well and truly in the midst of a freelance revolution. As the internet has grown, people have found new ways to sell their skills and work from the comfort of their own home, and this trend is taking off. Of course, being part of this shift, you already know the pleasure of a role like this. Your business is running smoothly, you have loads of customers coming to you, and you might need to start looking towards growing. At this point, it’s time for you to start taking true advantage of working from home, and this post is going to show you how.

Hiring people willing to work remotely comes with a host of benefits. It’s important to consider these against your business, while also comparing what you might get from having a brick and mortar company to the workers find online. Below, you can find some of the positive sides of keeping your business home-based as it grows.

 

  • Money: The very first benefit to consider is the money you can save from this, as it’s the one which will draw most people in. When you don’t have an office or shop, you never have to pay utility bills, rent, or the other expenses related to a building. Along with this, you won’t need to have dedicated employees simply to look after the people working for you, as they will be working on a freelance basis. You may even save some money on payroll by taking invoices instead of giving salaries.

 

  • Time: Running an office will take a huge amount of time and effort, even if you have some professionals to help you with it. This is all energy which could be going into your work if you had people using their own spaces. Along with this, the employment process for someone like this is usually a lot faster, taking away the need for a recruitment agent to help you with it.

 

  • Expansion: One of the biggest challenges for a business looking for skilled employees is finding people good enough to do your work. In fields like science, technology, and medicine, having the right people on your team can make a real difference, but it’s unlikely that you’ll have access to the cream of the crop in your home location. By using online workers, you enable your business to work with people anywhere in the world, vastly widening your scope to find the best people.

Of course, even with all of the benefits and time saving you’ll get from this, you’ll still have to do some work to get it off the ground. There are several different stages when it comes to this sort of job. Below, you can find some examples of these stages, along with some of the work you’ll have to do at each one.

 

  • Learning & Research: No one likes the idea of going back to school when they’ve been working from home for a couple of years. In reality, though, if you want to be successful with freelance employees, you’re going to have to do some learning along the way. You can find HR courses online which will give you the skills to handle your workers fairly and within the law. An online management course could help, too. But, to make the most of something like this, it’s best to look for something which will cover as much as possible.

Along with learning, you’re also going to have to do some research to get the ball rolling on your freelance team. The best places to find them, the laws surrounding this type of work, and the average payment rates of people in your position are all very important. Thankfully, like your learning, all of this can be handled through the power of the Internet, and you’ll be able to find most of the resources you need for free.

 

  • Getting Set Up: Once you have an idea of what you’re going to learn, it will be time to start thinking about the set up you’ll be using to manage your team. Communication and collaboration tools have become very powerful over the last few years. This makes it much easier to keep an eye on what your employees are doing, while also making it easier to work together.

The best tools for this sort of work are already well within your grasp, and a lot of people will already be using examples of them, already. Office 365 and G Suite are both excellent examples of modern collaboration tools. Handling emails, instant messaging, and online calls, these systems give you everything you need to keep everyone on the same page. Along with this, though, they also give you the power to run common office software, like word processors and spreadsheets.

Along with options like the ones above, a lot of home-based businesses will also benefit from options like Asana. Enabling you to create calendars, to-do lists, and loads of other ways to display people’s work, this sort of system can be very powerful when it is used correctly. To make this sort of option work, along with good communication, you will have to come up with some rules to keep the work flowing. For example, your workers should have to touch base with you at least once every working day.

 

 

  • Finding Your Employees: Once you have some plans in place to help you to manage them, you’ll be ready to start looking for the people you’ll have working for you. There are loads of ways to do this, and you’ll need to do some further research to find the best method for you. To help you out with this, you can find some examples of the most popular methods below. Of course, you’ll always want to avoid the costly services of an agent at this stage.

 

 

There are loads of websites popping up which give businesses access to freelance workers with just a few clicks of a button. Freelancer, Upwork, and Fiverr are just a few examples, and there are hundreds of others for you to choose from. Typically, these sorts of sites aren’t good when you’re looking for a long-term employee. Instead, when you have a little bit much on your plate, you can use them to look for people to handle one project. This makes them perfect when you’re struggling to grow.

When you’re after people for a long time, it’s best to go down a more traditional route. Most recruitment websites will let anyone post adverts for jobs, as long as they are willing to provide some ID and a small fee. Using a template to help you with the advert, you can post for yourself, and then conduct some online interviews to make sure the people you choose are up to scratch. This is significantly cheaper than going through an agent, but will take a lot more time than using a freelance site.

Even when people are working on a freelance basis, they like to have a contract in place which covers several different areas of their employment. Unfortunately, most people won’t be able to write this themselves, and you may need to help of a professional to ensure that your document is binding. This sort of service is often very cheap compared to the damage it can cause if you ignore the contract.

 

 

  • Managing Them: Finally, as the last stage, it will be time to start managing your team. This can be a tricky job when people are working from home, as there isn’t much accountability when they do something wrong. For this reason, a lot of companies will take a firm-but-fair approach with their home-working employees. When someone doesn’t do their work, they shouldn’t be paid for it. If someone is late to submit something, you should give them less work for a time, giving them the chance to improve.

 

 

Of course, though, being a boss isn’t just about dishing out punishments when people underperform. Instead, you also need to have a friendlier side, making yourself as approachable as possible, and this will take some work. It’s much easier to convey anger through text than it is happiness. This means that messages can often be misunderstood, and it’s best to avoid using them to talk about serious things. Giving someone a brief call to let them know they’ve done well is much better than sending them a message to say it, and most people will have time for this effort.

Running a business of any kind comes with its challenges. When you work by yourself from home, it can be easy to fall into the trap of never growing. A lot of people will assume they can’t take on employees, with the costs of running an office or store being so extreme, and this is a shame. It doesn’t take much time to build a team of people from around the world, with all of the skills your business needs. If you want to do it successfully, though, you’ll need to be prepared to do the learning along the way.

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